Dysart House, a Georgian style coaching inn at the historic town of Kempton, stands proudly on the main street. Built in 1842 for the ex-convict William Ellis, an embezzler turned innkeeper, it is now the home of the Old Kempton Distillery.
The Pulse of Tasmania will provide $15,000 to help bring to life the 2021 Ten Days’ signature project If These Halls Could Talk.
Bank of us CEO Paul Ranson said If These Halls Could Talk, a community-driven art project, aligns with The Pulse of Tasmania’s ethos, to support Tasmanians physical, financial and mental health and well-being. “We are pleased to be able to support the work of Ten Days, as it marks 20 years of bringing art experiences to Tasmanians,” Mr Ranson said. “Evidence shows that art can help boost our wellbeing. We’ve been through a period of
forced social isolation due to COVID-19 and this project is the antithesis of that … it celebrates the bringing together of communities through a series of art adventures in 10 community halls across Tasmania.”
Ten Days on the Island CEO Jane Haley said it wouldn’t be possible to deliver the festival without funding support from partners like the Pulse of Tasmania. “We are thrilled to be receiving the grant from the Pulse of Tasmania which will allow us to deliver one of our signature projects at this year’s festival,” Ms Haley said. “Our program partners and donors help Ten Days on the Island to shine. They allow us to be bold and ambitious in our programing, without them we wouldn’t have a festival.”
St.LukesHealth CEO Paul Lupo said the pandemic has forced us all to rethink the way we do things. “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of being open to change and the need to be flexible in order to remain relevant,” Mr Lupo said. “The team at Ten Days on the Island could
have chosen to cancel the festival, yet they have been able to shift gears and create a program that will be remembered as a celebration of Tasmanian artists, their creativity and ingenuity.
“On behalf of the Pulse of Tasmania, we are proud to be part of this renaissance.”
The full Ten Days on the Island program will be announced on Thursday, January 28, 2021.